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John Deere 317 PTO switch

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Bill Lance

07-22-2002 11:18:39

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I have a 1980 JD317 which I use to mow about 4 ac.. Until yesterday all was well. As I tried to cut in the PTO for the mower today; NOTHING. Has anyone had this problem before? I have been having some trouble with the ignition switch, does the PTO run through it? Any suggestions would be of great help.

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Rodney A. Johnson

07-23-2002 08:56:54

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 Re: John Deere 317 PTO switch in reply to Bill Lance, 07-22-2002 11:18:39  
I have a JD 317 that experienced the same problem. I thought it was the switch (because you had to play with the PTO switch if the ignition didn't want to work) so I replaced it. Still would not work. Finally I decided I should check the electrical clutch. I can't remember exactly what I checked for, but the readings from my digital VOM lead me to believe that the clutch was shot. I bought a new one (wasn't cheap...don't recall the cost) and put it in. Solved the problem.

Sadly I had one of those old 17 hp Kolhers and blew a hole in the engine a year later. It is sitting now until I have time to put a newer (pressurized lubrication) motor in it (1500USD). Got a good deal on a JD 445 to replace it...although the old 317 still handles tall grass better...that is why I want to get it going again and it was worth more to me than what I could get on trade.

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07-22-2002 18:45:36

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 Re: John Deere 317 PTO switch in reply to Bill Lance, 07-22-2002 11:18:39  
I used to have trouble with the switch on my 111 after the mower was heated up. Problem seemed to disappear when I adjusted the electrical clutch clearance to 0.013in (?) and cleaned it out. Haven't used it much since then

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Bill Lance

07-23-2002 04:41:59

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 Re: Re: John Deere 317 PTO switch in reply to Ralph, 07-22-2002 18:45:36  
Thanks Ralph, I'll check the clutch and clean it out.

Thanks again, Bill

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07-22-2002 18:44:03

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 Re: John Deere 317 PTO switch in reply to Bill Lance, 07-22-2002 11:18:39  
Ok..A john deere 317--deos that have a 17 horse Kohler engine in it?? I had a International Cub Cadet with that engine and had the same problem. How warm was it when you where cutting. I know on our if it was to hot you had to wait for it to cool down. This just started happening last year( then we bought a 60" zero turn. ) Also i know if the blades didn't engage we would go backwards and then forward real quick and then they engage. Sounds stupid but ..hey it worked. Last year we started having lots of little problems like that....i suggest you invest in a zero turn. you'll love it and cut your time by 50%

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07-22-2002 14:25:51

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 Re: John Deere 317 PTO switch in reply to Bill Lance, 07-22-2002 11:18:39  
Bill..have a scan of the wiring diagram of a 317 on my hard drive..can e-mail if you want it..about 270k total..lynn

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henry gay

05-22-2006 22:54:57

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 Re: Re: John Deere 317 PTO switch in reply to lynn, 07-22-2002 14:25:51  
will you please send me a copy of your john deere317 wiring diagram im trying to wire my coil and need that thanks henry from Loranger La.

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09-07-2006 16:27:05

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 Re: Re: John Deere 317 PTO switch in reply to henry gay, 05-22-2006 22:54:57  
Could someone send me the same schematic for a jd 317 mower?

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